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Old May 2nd, 2014, 04:04 PM   #1
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Learn me some on pop up campers.

I'm sick of paying $$$ for hotels every road trip we take, and I'm sick of setting up tents at 2am.

The fuel mileage negates making an actual RV a viable option, plus I don't want the added cost of plates, insurance, maintenance etc of an RV.

Seems towing a pop up behind a pick up truck wouldn't affect mileage too much, and it would be quicker to set up than a tent? I do realize it adds complexity to a road trip when I get flat tires, and blown out wheel bearings, and I'l have to plate it, outside of that, are they better than tent sleeping or about the same?

Or am I using too many drugs?
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A pop up is definitely not quicker to set up than a tent.
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Please reference these materials:

http://www.camptents.com/shop/4-pers...tent-rain-fly/

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If you're dead set on a trailer and it also sounds like you're sick of having to set shit up... Why not look at a Scamp?

www.scamptrailers.com
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Old May 2nd, 2014, 04:20 PM   #5
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I had one like this http://detroit.craigslist.org/mcb/rvs/4450927482.html until I upgraded, set it up in about 15 min. Simple to set up and better than a tent if the weather is bad.
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We borrowed a pop up camper once. I would not do it again. I would rather tent. I'm sure they are nicer if you are doing extended camping in rainy weather, but for the most part, you are pretty much in the same elements. And yes, they take just as long to put up as a good quality tent.

I would opt for a short travel trailer and not worry about fuel mileage. If you can't afford the difference of an extra $20-50 in gas, you probably shouldn't be going anyway. But, for me, I'm all about the convenience.

so I can impress my celebrity friends I am partying with.
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Pop ups are all the negatives of tents and trailers rolled into one. Ever wonder why there are so many used ones for sale "Only used one summer".

If all you need is a crash pad, go with a teardrop trailer.
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I'd Go with These


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small truck camper in the bed of your pick up, it is the shiznit!
pop up campers are a pain to set up, just like a tent.
the mpg of your truck pulling a pop up, or with a tc in the bed, would be similar.
plus, with a truck camper, you got heat, ac, kitchen, bed, and a bathroom, and you can still tow a rig or boat if u want.

jim is right, its about convenience, there is nothing easier than a tc to set up!
find a semi level spot to park, all done!

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I hated the truck camper. Once you get where your staying an unpack. Your truck is now useless. Kinda hard to runaround to the store etc. A trailer you can unhook and take your truck to town etc... with more then one person the truck campers are tight and uncomfortable. Pita to load and unload.
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truck campers ftw!

seems like everyone wants to stay with me, and i know its not because they like me. they are merely using me for the camper
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Only because I don't have to deal with loading and unloading and we take kyles truck to the store
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I bought a really cheap one on Craigslist because I wanted to see how it would work out for my family, and figured I could just resell it if it wasn't a good fit.

It works out great when we go to the dunes. My JKU tows it with ease and we have somewhere to put all of our stuff when we go back out and play on the dunes on Sunday after breaking camp (state park usually lets us leave it in overflow parking).

It's at least as difficult to setup as a big tent would be, so you're not going to save any work there, but we've been in ours during some really nasty storms and it held up great. It's nice being up off the ground and not having to worry about getting a tree root in your butt when you roll over (unless you're into that sort of thing).

The negatives... It takes up a lot of room in my garage that a tent wouldn't have. I've bought a tire or two, and repacking the bearings isn't fun, but all in all it's a much better solution for my family than a tent. Someday I'd love to upgrade to a class c that can haul my Jeep behind it, but I'm not there just yet.
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A truck camper is good for a couple but not so much for a family.
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Tow light or hi-lo trailers are nice lowered for towing then up for camping.
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I would opt for a short travel trailer and not worry about fuel mileage. If you can't afford the difference of an extra $20-50 in gas, you probably shouldn't be going anyway. But, for me, I'm all about the convenience.

so I can impress my celebrity friends I am partying with.
Our races average between 500 and 800 miles one way from home. I'm not sure what you expect the mileage difference to be towing an enclosed trailer with a lot of wind resistance over towing a camper that is in the wind slip behind the truck, but I currently get 15 mpg with my bikes in the bed, and about 15 mpg with a trailer full of fire wood that has no wind resistance, so I am figuring I can get 15 or so towing a pop up, the few times i have towed an empty enclosed I dropped down to 10, thats a hell of a lot more than a $20-50 difference just to get out of michigan.

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small truck camper in the bed of your pick up, it is the shiznit!
pop up campers are a pain to set up, just like a tent.
the mpg of your truck pulling a pop up, or with a tc in the bed, would be similar.
plus, with a truck camper, you got heat, ac, kitchen, bed, and a bathroom, and you can still tow a rig or boat if u want.

jim is right, its about convenience, there is nothing easier than a tc to set up!
find a semi level spot to park, all done!
See above. There's no way the mileage would be similar.

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I hated the truck camper. Once you get where your staying an unpack. Your truck is now useless. Kinda hard to runaround to the store etc. A trailer you can unhook and take your truck to town etc... with more then one person the truck campers are tight and uncomfortable. Pita to load and unload.
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I bought a really cheap one on Craigslist because I wanted to see how it would work out for my family, and figured I could just resell it if it wasn't a good fit.

It works out great when we go to the dunes. My JKU tows it with ease and we have somewhere to put all of our stuff when we go back out and play on the dunes on Sunday after breaking camp (state park usually lets us leave it in overflow parking).

It's at least as difficult to setup as a big tent would be, so you're not going to save any work there, but we've been in ours during some really nasty storms and it held up great. It's nice being up off the ground and not having to worry about getting a tree root in your butt when you roll over (unless you're into that sort of thing).

The negatives... It takes up a lot of room in my garage that a tent wouldn't have. I've bought a tire or two, and repacking the bearings isn't fun, but all in all it's a much better solution for my family than a tent. Someday I'd love to upgrade to a class c that can haul my Jeep behind it, but I'm not there just yet.
This is what I wanted to know the most about, I assumed they were quicker to set up than a tent. My 8 man tent takes me wife and I about 10-15 minutes, its just a pain in the ass at 2am.
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Of course, you need to be able to afford it.
I have no use or need for an off road camper trailer.
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